Letter to the editor: Coaching staff is to blame for Tigers’ woes
by Ashley Mangham
Sep 17, 2012 | 9997 views | 13 13 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Everybody told me I was “out of line” and “we hired great coordinators” and to just wait and see.

Really? Auburn could be beat by Temple, and you people still believe that Loeffler is the best coordinator we could get? It’s not our players (past three years’ recruiting classes have been in the top 10 or top five). It’s the coaching staff! The players gave up! Why? Probably because they don’t believe in the system!

Chizik is a joke bringing in a coach from the Big East (worst conference in the Football Bowl Subdivision) to coach Auburn’s offense and “get back to smash mouth football.” What a (expletive) joke!

Frazier showed one of the worst performances by a quarterback I’ve seen in my 40 years. But Frazier isn’t a bad quarterback; I saw him play high school ball.

Our defense is pathetic as well. The dismal 2008 team could beat this team (coached by the current staff) any day of the week!

It’s time to wake up, Auburn! I love Auburn and have all my life, and I will until the day I die; I only want the best for our family, University, team, students and everyone else alike.

Just think and look back. Google it if you have to. Look at programs that had coaching changes because the staff they had wasn’t a “fit” and only pulled them down further. The big-name universities all went out and hired the best coaches available, and look where they are and where they’re headed! Look at our hated in state rival. They spent the money, but look at where they were during the “Mike Era” of coaches and look where they are now and what they’ve done and are doing.

Look at Ohio state, LSU, Vanderbilt, South Carolina—the list goes on and on and extends well beyond the SEC.

If we, as Auburn, are the family everyone talks about and wears shirts, etc. proclaiming, then why are we standing idly by and just taking it where the sun doesn’t shine?

Either we get serious about our program and spend the money and get the best damn coaches available (and yes, I mean a new head coach as well), or we can just get used to grabbing our ankles and taking a pounding and wait as we let ourselves slide to the literal bottom of the conference behind Vandy, Kentucky, Ole Miss and already Mississippi State.

Chizik has done nothing any other mediocre coach couldn’t do. He didn’t recruit our national championship team; Malzahn coached our offense and actually stood on a table fighting for us to recruit Cam Newton because Chizik thought we were “well enough with Trotter.”

We all saw how that panned out last year. Even our 1998 team, who lost its “piglet” coach after he quit, could beat the team we have now being coached by the staff we have now.

If we are the strong Auburn family we claim to be, and if we want to beat the best and be the best, then we have to have the best damn personnel, coaching staff, assistants and everyone else on down the line all the way to the best fans who demand and will never again settle for anything less for any reason.

War damn eagle!

Ashley Mangham

Mass Communications
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StPeteTiger
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September 18, 2012
The Plainsman tweeted a link to this bile spew.

Where's that unfollow button?...
jwill256
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September 17, 2012
He isn't a Big East coach, they didn't join up until this year.
erkyng2003
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September 17, 2012
I tried to type this on ny phone and it got all screwy. Sorry.
erkyng2003
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September 17, 2012
Wow! You sound like a bama fan. We just won a national championship and have been recruiting better than ever. Did we not learn anything when we sacked Tommy T.? Most of you should understand the situation and should not be surprised by our team so far. We lost to two undefeated teams one in the top ten and played them both close for most of the game. Five turnovers and still had our chances to beat state. All three teams we played ran high production spread offences. We were told all summer that aren't there yet but are building to be good for years to come. Oh and Cam was amazing but last I checked there were a lot of hungry focused veteran players on that team that had been through some very hard times and were better for it. I thunk the same will be true for this team. They will have a hard year but will be better for it. Our coaches are putting them through the fire to harden them for the future

I have to read this carp everyday wanting to bring it all down. And if we do fire the staff and when we win a title in a few years you haters will say stuff like(our new coach sucks and he won it with chiziks players). We have a same good coaching staff and a ton of young talent. Other teams with a lot of youth have a lot of veterans at key positions and have had multi year starters at quarterback. If you honestly cant see what our
AUco94
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September 17, 2012
Bottom line is Jay Jacobs hired a friend. CGC is a good man but he was not ready to coach in the SEC. He was a proven DC but a 5-19 HC. This is on Jay. It was not worth the risk. At this level you have to be proven and it will not end well for CGC or AU.
au_grad2003
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September 17, 2012
Here's the reality. Chizik gets this year and next year from us. He earned it, I don't care what the record says at the moment. For crisis management alone, he's earned our faith for at least one more year and if this years recruiting works in out the way it's headed, then the improvement should be dramatic over the course of a season. We can only help with the recruiting and development by honoring our contract and commitment to Gene for all that he's done to stear us through some very rough waters and bring in some young talent. Could other coaches have done it better or faster? maybe, but van gorder was a great hire and I believe we were going after a a similar size fish on offense but we just missed it and ended up with a young OC. I may be in the minority, but I'm looking at the long term, Gene Chizik deserves the contract that he has, lets support him and our team through the most difficult schedule weve seen in a decade, and lets support our kids and help them grow into the best men they can be.
AUco94
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September 17, 2012
Are you crazy? We need to stop the bleeding. AU is going 3-8 this yr or best case 4-7 with all this talent
TigerAl
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September 17, 2012
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TDtom
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September 17, 2012
WOE Eagle

dotheoutdoors
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September 17, 2012
So, uh, yeah. You use the words "our" and "we" a lot. Are YOU a coach? Are YOU an actual player? I didn't see your name listed for the coaching staff or on the roster. Frankly unless YOU spend all your free time on the practice fields, in the locker room, in the film room or hanging out with Coach Yox, I am not so sure I can take your opinion very seriously.
TigerAl
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September 17, 2012
I'm not a politician but I still vote.
PTCNATL
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September 17, 2012
WOW!
PTCNATL
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September 17, 2012
WOW!